The Principal Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a field-facing role whose main objective is to be a trusted scientific partner to key external experts by conducting timely, appropriate and frequent scientific exchanges to enhance the understanding of the scientific and medical value of our products. Responsible for supporting medical affairs team activities, including direct and indirect communications with study investigators and other healthcare professionals. Supports medical information with the development of key scientific communications, including FAQs and other related materials for field staff and external use. Working with other cross-functional team members, the position supports medical education programs, congress activities, advisory boards to support our clinical development program. May support pre- and post-launch activities. As part of the Medical Affairs team, this position contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific and/or medical creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought. Works on extremely complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
Contributes to the development, management, and execution of the Medical Affairs Strategic Plan and all related pre- and post-launch activities. Key to this activity is supporting the Clinical Development Plan (CDP), as directed by the Head of Medical Affairs.
This role requires excellent verbal and communication skills in multiple settings and the ability to manage multiple activities and projects and prioritize activities accordingly.
The role focuses on pre- and post-launch activities as part of the broader Medical Affairs Team and under the direction of Head of Medical Affairs.
Provides a medical / scientific expertise in the development of content and programs to be used for educating internal support functions, key internal stakeholders, including development of training materials on Oncology products, with an initial focus on bladder and melanoma.
Works with Medical Information team to develop medical program materials for external-facing activities such as conference booths, and other mediums, as appropriate.
Supports clinical development programs in the investigators’ capabilities for Nektar trial execution.
Manages project work related to Medical Affairs activities and effectively collaborate with cross functional partners as assigned, including participation in various initiatives related to scientific and strategic objectives; collaborating with other functional teams; and helping to realize departmental work stream efficiencies.
Role may include representing and supporting Nektar Therapeutics at Oncology and other relevant scientific or other key stakeholder meetings including congresses, symposia, advisory boards, and investigator meetings.
Provides clinical support and deliver data presentations regionally and nationally as needed. Sustain expertise in disease state management, emerging therapies, and the competitive landscape.
Adheres to internal standard processes and comply with regulatory and compliance requirements.
As needed, the role collaborates with cross functional partners in Clinical Development, Clinical Operations, and Research in support of Phase I to IV clinical trials, including site identification, education of investigators, study awareness initiatives, including congress and related activities, as well as participation in investigator meetings and Scientific Advisory Boards as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
An advanced degree required (Pharm D, PhD or MD); advanced professional degree (e.g. NP, PA, R.Ph., MA, BSN) may be considered.
8+ years of relevant experience, which includes 4+ years working as an MSL in the biotech / pharmaceutical industry within the Oncology/ Immuno-oncology field or a combination of experience working within Oncology and as an Oncology MSL.
Knowledge or experience in the Oncology therapeutic area is required, and experience in bladder or melanoma preferred.
Must have a demonstrated ability to solve problems with innovative solutions along with strong organizational skills.
Prior experience developing educational assets such as slide decks, FAQs or related MSL materials is required.
Previous experience working in a cross-functional team setting is required.
Experience and understanding of ICH, and GCP is required.
Must be a demonstrated self-starter and team player with strong interpersonal skills.
Must possess excellent project management skills.
Must have strong computer skills with a proficiency in Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, Visio, Outlook, Veeva, and PowerPoint.
Ability to travel, locally and regionally, up to 80% with overnight stays (e.g., KOL meetings, site locations, internal meetings, medical meetings, congresses and training).
May travel up to 80% once travel restrictions are lifted.
Internal Number: 5152-750-2020
About Nektar Therapeutics
Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based development stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. Our R&D pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer and auto-immune disease. We leverage Nektar's proprietary and proven chemistry platform in the discovery and design of our new drug candidates.